Ontario Fire College In Gravenhurst Closes
The province says it is strengthening fire safety training despite an announcement to close the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst. The facility, which has not hosted on-site training since the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020, will be decommissioned. Ontario Fire College staff will continue to play a leading role in developing training courses.
Instead, the Office of the Fire Marshal is also investing in two mobile units that will bring live fire training to local fire services. Specialized equipment will also be made available to regional training centres so training can be specifically tailored to local needs.
Kevin McNeilly, President of the Fire Fighters Association of Ontario says the association is supportive of this new training model which is being released, “We believe more firefighters will have greater access to valuable training which will protect our firefighters," he said.